This is my first attempt at re-editing the photo based on the feedback. I really appreciate all the feedback, and I agree.......I do like it better warmed up and without the blurry rock, that I somehow didn't notice when I edited this the first time.
I am submitting this photo for constructive criticism at Iheartfaces.
I love this photo of my daughter! Just thought I'd see what some more experienced people have to say. I shot in manual mode and edited with Photoshop Elements 6. I personally love the crop, but was wondering if maybe it needed to be cropped closer in. Also, I think maybe I should have raised the opacity of my soft light layer in the color and reduced my diffuse glow layer a touch in the b and w. I love a high contrast black and white, but I think maybe the highlights might be a bit bright. I think they look better if you click on them and view them full size, but I want to put the color one on canvas, so I want to make sure it's at its best.
Nikon D80 with 50 1.8mm lens
Focal Length 50 mm